Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Reading Machine

The last month of maternity leave has not only been a love affair between Otis and I, but a rekindling of my love of reading. Not that it ever went away, but pre-Otis I could never really seem to muster up the energy to want to tackle a book, choosing to stare at a wall or maybe a TV screen for 45 minutes every night before I went to bed.

But the last month has had me cruising through books. Some bad, some decent and a couple good (depending on what your definition of good is). I am still waiting for my earth-shatteringly good book though....so who has it for me? Who can give me the recommendation that will rock the remainder of my leave and keep the love affair going?

For the record, check out my Shelfair shelf on the right side of the screen. Here is the order I would rank  the books I have read in the last few months:

1) The Girl on the Train
2) Left Neglected
3) Eleanor and Park
4) All The Light We Cannot See
5) Hidden
6) Wreckage
7) Ghost Boy

I am currently digging into a new book from my one selection each month that I get with my Amazon Prime membership (my new favorite membership perk)....

Send me your recommendations!

Friday, May 1, 2015


April was a month of Firsts for us!

Bea had her first Tumbletot experience and I am pretty sure the smile below was the only one that came across her face the entire night. She is NOT a fan of the 'coach' that teaches her class, doesn't understand why she has to wait in line to go on the trampoline, and really just wanted to know why she couldn't be in Matilda's class. She even sat down next to Tillie after her class was over and expected Tillie's coach to give her a sticker.I guess keeping up with the big sister is alive and well in this house.

Otis had his first enjoyable moments under the playmat. Up until a few weeks ago the mere motion to try and put him under this thing would set him off. Now he is pretty impressed with himself that he can reach up and bat the toys. Big stuff, Otis. Big stuff.

Bea also had her first haircut. I know the toddler mullet is a stage that we all must go through but I just couldn't do it anymore. So, in we went. Bea was mesmerized by the TV. For about 2 minutes....
And then the kind soul who tried to cut her hair got close and the tears and tantrum began. Oh Bea....
So we did the cut in my lap and forewent the blow dry.

This is the face of the girl that knows she just got her way....

But so did Mama...the mullet is gone!

It was a BIG first for Matilda too! Her first time riding on a big girl bike. After months of research, I finally told Nate he had to make a decision because at this rate she would never learn how to ride a bike. Off they went to the bike store and came back with this red beauty. Tillie loves it, and honestly picked it up so easy (which of course Nate likes to credit with his research and picking the perfect bike).

She is ready for action and already asking to bike to the park.

Not to be outdone, Bea needed to show us that she can do her scooter all by herself now.

Otis rolled for the first time and got some good giggles. He gives out his smiles and laughs pretty easy. 

And just because this picture is too much, here was the girls' first look at some duck that have moved into our yard and like to perch on our roof.

I mean, the toddler legs. The pre-schooler wedgie. Swoon.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tillie Talks

Sitting around the dinner table, Matilda says she wants to go to Africa out of the blue. Nate got super excited and started telling her about all of the animals she would see. And then I tell her how far away it is and say it would be like 8 trips to Grandma and Grand's house. To which this happened:

Matilda: "I don't want to go to Africa anymore."
Me: "Where do you want to go?"
Matilda (thinking): "I don't know....maybe just school. And the zoo?"


Beatrice waas having an especially tough morning (lots of crying, whining, temper tantrum throwing) and I was feeding Otis upstairs....

Matilda: "I wish there were two people right now. It's really hard when there is just one people and two kids."


Nate: "What are you going to be when you grow up?"
Matilda: " A teacher with long hair."


Nate: "Matilda, how did your eyes get green?"
Matilda: "I think someone painted them with a little tiny paintbrush."


Driving to the hair cut place, and we get stopped at the stoplight by Trader Joes...

Matilda: "Mama, this isn't the hair cut place. This is sloppy joes!"

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fourth Annual Egg Hunt!!

Easter has come and gone, and I realized I didn't post about our Annual Egg Hunt! First off, I am SO bummed with my photos of this event--clearly when you have 100 people to your house you should put someone else in charge of photos, because I had very few.

But, that's fine because it was a super fun time! I think we hid close to 500 eggs (and by we I mean Auntie Meghan did the bulk of the hiding!), and had 45 little ones under the age of 7. I really could have used a little more help from Mother Nature, but it could have been worse. But to say we had a full house is an understatement. Although, for how many people we had, we managed to have WAY to much food.

I was SUPER excited that I actually would have  mantle to decorate this year.

We brought back a crowd-favorite from our first year....

And introduced a new little pudding cup treat.....

Little did I know, that these little Jello Bunnies would be the ONLY thing we actually ate almost all of. Good thing my Mom was in town to painstakingly extract each of these from the mold, or I don't think they would have happened.

And, since Bea's birthday was the day before, we had to have a cake and sing her a quick round of Happy Birthday. Queen of Cakes did an AMAZING job whipping up a Peter Cottontail inspired treat...

We also started a little photo wall. Since we have been doing this for so many years, it is fun to see how much some of the kiddos have changed!

This is one of the few pictures I have of either of my kids hunting for eggs...:)

And there is Grandma--holding down the baby fort inside!

Tillie and Bea had so much fun with all of their friends, It was the talk of our dinner table for about 3 months leading up to the actual event. I am actually surprised that Matilda was able to calm herself enough to take a nap that day...but she did!

The Birthday Girl

Stealing a lick

Bea's 'after-party' look inspired by Auntie Meghan

Friday, April 10, 2015

Her Royal Twoness

Look out, World. We have another 2-year old. And her name is Beatrice. I cannot believe that we are already celebrating her 2nd year. It truly feels like we were just figuring out how to adapt to life as a family of four, and now it's two years later, we have a third child, and Beatrice is talking, singing, running, demanding, hugging, scooting, and wrapping us around her finger.

To say that Beatrice can hold her own is an understatement. She gets what is hers (and sometimes what isn't actually hers), communicates readily without words (her eyes say it all), and seems masterful at negotiation (but perhaps our patience is just worn so thin that we give in a little too easily these days).

Her independence is something fierce with "I DO" ringing out from any room she may be in. Whether it is her wanting to do something for herself, or try something her big sister is doing, Bea is ready to take it all on. No height is too high for jumping off of, and no bag is too heavy to lift.

Bea loves her brother and her sister. She loves doing what Matilda does, and telling us what to do to Otis. So I guess her position as Middle child is perfect. She is surprisingly good at helping pick up toys, and equally as surprisingly good at ignoring us when we tell her NOT to do something (like eat yogurt with her fingers).

Her second year of life was scattered with a variety of illnesses, some landing her in the hospital, and some just landing her at home where she could soak up a few uninterrupted snuggles. She has definitely been the sickest Hanson kidlet to date, but if this is the worst of it, I consider us lucky. Perhaps that is why she enjoys playing doctor so much....And how she knows now every night we put on her 'special lotion' of coconut oil and essential oils mixed in.

She is sassy and sweet. Unafraid (unless of course you have a dog with you). Vibrant. Hilarious. Expressive. She knows what she wants, and how to get it (which sometimes right now involves teeth or pinching...).

It is without a doubt going to be an exciting ride to be with this little one the next 16 years. We love you, Beatrice! Happy Birthday!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Status Update

So, blogging.

Not as easy with three kids as with one. I look back on my blog when it was just Matilda and you guys (if anyone is even hanging with me on this thing) knew every.last.detail about that girl. Now...you know Otis was born and that is about it.

Maybe it is because it is a 3-ring circus here, or because I am enjoying just being with Otis and not documenting every last thing. Although then the Mom guilt sets in and I know he needs pictures too, lest I hear about it the rest of my life.

So here are a few details on our Otis.

There is far less of THIS than there was with the first two (at least so far):

He seems to be relatively even-keeled. Just don't try to put him to sleep if he doesn't want to me. He can, apparently, do that himself. We are still working on tummy time, which is definitely not his favorite thing.

He likes to be on his back staring out our bright windows. And every once in a while, he doesn't mind be accosted by his older sisters.

Otis is super snuggly. Has lots of coos and 'stories' for me. He is a boy through and through--I get that comment more than anything. "Man, he is ALL boy". Which is good, because he burps and toots like a boy.

We busted out the bjorn this week for the beautiful weather and he loves the fresh air. I should say I love it because it is like the baby equivalent of ambien for him. Right to sleep. Which makes the mama very happy.

And finally, while it is unconfirmed until his 2-month appointment next week, he is huge. At least compared to my girls. And no complaints here on the size if it means that his sleeping continues on the trend it has been (of which I will not comment so as to avoid jinxing it). Also, how is this child already almost 2 months old. I think time goes faster with each child....

The moment all Mamas wait for during those hard newborn weeks...the first smile! I can't say this is his first official smile (which was right around 5 weeks), but it is one of them. And I adore it.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Sisters

The most popular question I get every time I run into someone I haven't seen since having Otis is: "How do the girls like him" (followed by how are you adjusting to having a boy...more on that later).

The girls.
The girls love him. And so far have been great with him (minus the admitted drive-by biting/hitting incident that cannot be verified by anyone but Bea and since she doesn't have all of her words yet--only Otis really knows).

The each have their own style with him.

Matilda is Mother Hen. 
Less interested in holding, cuddling, nurturing and more interested and telling him what is what and offering words of encouragement.
"Otis, don't you cry. You don't need to cry right now"
"Otis, Mama will feed you soon"
"Odie, I love you!"

Bea, on the other hand, wants to hold him. Touch him.
Change his diaper.
ALWAYS suggesting to us that we change his pants. If Bea had it her way Otis would go through about 37 diapers a day.

She also has moments of jealousy. Where she will say "move" and start to shove Otis off of whoever's lap he is currently residing (did we mention that Bea is DEFINITELY an Alpha?)

Or climbing up right onto the pillow while Otis is nursing and just saying: "sit". Like..."hey! I deserve to sit here too, buddy".

She has also started to want to hold him by herself (shocking no one that knows this independent soul)....motioning for me to get my hands outta there when she is trying to hold him. Which usually ends up with Otis crying, and Bea saying "shh, shh, shh" to him.

We have been the lucky recipients of a non-stop cold and flu virus extravaganzaa the last month that has landed up with 16 visits to Ready Care in 35 days, 2 stays in the hospital for Beatrice and a whole lot of vomiting for Matilda.

With this, came very limited access to Otis, as I didn't care to see any of their plague sicknesses manifest in a newborn.
So it will be very fun to see how their bond continues to grow stronger with him when they aren't relinquished just looking from afar and 'head kisses'.

And Toddler toes. Because I love these two girls so much that even their toes make me smile.